Old Forge adds special events & attractions for Adirondack Christmas on Main Street weekend

New attractions have been added to the schedule for this weekend’s An Adirondack Christmas on Main Street event in Old Forge, most notably the addition of on-the-hour musical performances by the Cast in Bronze carillon from 1 to 5 p.m. outside the Old Forge Hardware.

The carillon is a four-ton medieval instrument of bells played from a mechanical keyboard with fists and feet.

Performed by a silent and masked “Spirit of the Bells,” it has appeared on the Today Show, Walt Disney World’s Epcot, and during an appearance by Pope John Paul II at New York’s Central Park. Professional photographer Becky Barrett will be taking photos of visitors in an antique sleigh outside of Mountain Greenery from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

The photos are free of charge, however donations will be accepted.

The sleigh is on-loan from local residents Mary Ann and Bill Ransom.

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad will bring passengers from Utica on Friday and Saturday.

Also on Friday and Saturday, the railroad will operate Santa Express Trains to Otter Lake and back at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Once passengers return to the Station they will be escorted by Mrs. Claus and her elves to Candyland at the historic Thendara Town Hall.

A Light Parade up Main Street will begin from the Town of Webb School at 6:15 p.m. on Friday and the Tree Lighting at Point Park will follow at 6:30 p.m. Another Tree Lighting will take place on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

The weekend will also include pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Forge Motel, horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa’s reindeer, a BBQ at Ozzie’s to benefit the Polar Bear Ski Club, holiday-themed workshops at View, and the opportunity to enjoy unique Christmas shopping and holiday experiences throughout Old Forge and Inlet.

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